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Chief of Party / Programme Director - Education

Job Description

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

The CoP/PD will be responsible for management, technical leadership and administrative oversight of the PNG Partnership Fund grant for education and will serve as the principal institutional liaison to the donor and the Dept of Education and Province Education leaders.

In particular, the CoP/PD must:

  • manage a team of senior staff, grantees, and engagement with stakeholders and ensure quality, timeliness, and efficiency of all products and activities generated under the grant.

  • have strong leadership qualities and depth and breadth of technical and management expertise.

  • provide strategic leadership and supervision of sub-grantees and sub-contractors while ensuring the security, feasibility, and sustainability of the program and contribution to child wellbeing outcomes.

  • provide programme leadership to other education projects implemented by WV in the same locations as PPF to ensure WV has one cohesive and effective education sector approach in country.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Overall Leadership and Grant Management:

  • Provide strategic leadership and vision to the programme overall.

  • Direct and oversee grant implementation, ensuring that all strategic objectives are met through proper design, staffing, implementation and quality assurance.

  • Ensure that the grant is integrated within the overall WV education programme ensuring WV has one education programme with the PPF Grant being a key component of that programme.

  • Escalate grant management issues early and openly; resolve grant management issues quickly and fully.

Stakeholder Management:

  • Manage proactive and responsive relationship with grant donor in close collaboration with WVPNG Country Director.

  • Establish and maintain a relationship with Government (National and Provincial) education leaders and other NGO/UN education partners.

Team Leadership and Personnel Management:

  • Supervise a team of senior level international and national staff with skills across a diverse set of technical areas.

  • Ensure proper technical capacity of staff to manage complex donor-funded projects.

  • Lead grant staff and short-term consultants.

Reporting and Communication:

  • Establish and maintain effective project reporting, evaluation, and communication systems. Submit timely accurate and professional reports that meet donor and WV requirements.

Financial Management:

  • Manage grant/project budget within approved spending levels and ensure accurate and timely financial reports to donors and Support Office staff.

Risk Management:

  • Ensure grant/project expenses are reasonable, allocated as per assigned budget, prudent and spent in accordance with donor rules and regulations to ensure low risk audits.

  • Participate in Disaster Preparedness and response activities related to education as needed to manage risk and support the implementation of the grant.

Learning and Evidence:

  • Consistently look for more effective and efficient implementation methods and opportunities to increase impact.

  • Facilitate learning of best practice in education by ensuring a continuous learning process is developed and in place with key staff and partners/sub-grantees.

  • Identify operational research opportunities and support the development of these opportunities and the sharing of the learning within the wider development and education community.

Networking and Advocacy:

  • Ensure WV is taking a lead role in the education NGO and other education networks including seeking cooperation for joint advocacy opportunities.

Engage in WV PNG Core Activities:

  • Attend and participate in WVs Christian reflection activities that involve all staff.

  • Actively participate WVs Learning and Reflection Days.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Master degree in a relevant field or equivalent experience.

  • Proven ability to manage and lead technical teams and ability to build trust in diverse teams.

  • Knowledge of and familiarity with international assistance program requirements, preferably DFAT(Australia) and/or other funding agencies; their policies and regulations.

  • Strong presentation and report writing skills.

  • 8+ years’ experience in international development, 5 years at Managerial/Management level, including Medium to Large scale Grant Funded Projects.

  • Experience as a CoP/PD or senior expert advisor required.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage in complex political / cultural environments.

  • Demonstrated accomplishment in working with host-country professionals, government ministries and with donor colleagues in country.

  • Experience managing sub grants or sub-contracts.

  • Fluency in English.

  • Professional licenses, as required in the field and by the donor.

  • Driver’s license (including ability to drive vehicle).

Preferred:

  • Experience in managing inter-agency consortiums is preferred.

  • Experiences in Pacific countries will be an advantage.

  • Experience in leading Education specific programmes.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • Be prepared to travel to implementation sites and regional, global meetings as required.

  • Be willing to work in insecure environments.